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The University of Louisvilles opening game was barely two minutes old when Asia Durr spotted up behind the 3-point line and let fly her first shot. With it, the most acclaimed recruit in program history began a sophomore season she hopes will prove kinder than an injury-marred debut.If it does, that sophomore season might not end until the last shot is taken at the Final Four.Durr might have felt better about all of this if she hadnt missed that first attempt against Tennessee-Martin.She told herself not to let the wayward attempt linger. Just because one shot misses, the reminder continued, doesnt mean the next one will. One setback need not presage another.So when the ball again landed in her hands less than a minute later, Durr didnt defer. This time the 3-pointer went in. So did the next one. Over the course of the seasons opening week, so did 15 of the next 30 3-pointers she attempted after that initial miss.And all of that was before she hit 8-of-13 3-pointers en route to a career-best 34 points against Bowling Green this past weekend. Through six games, she averaged 19.7 points per game.Shes doing exactly what we had anticipated shed probably do as a freshman, Louisville coach Jeff Walz said even before the 34-point barrage. But unfortunately, she wasnt healthy.It is not a coincidence that Durrs fresh start coincides with the same for the Cardinals, now 6-0 after they surprisingly and somewhat embarrassingly exited the 2016 NCAA tournament with a second-round loss at home. Louisville had its share of good moments a season ago, hence the No. 3 seed that made the premature end to the postseason so painful. But it was a group too young and too inconsistent to be the next of Walzs Final Four teams. In the final moments of a tournament thriller against DePaul, it wasnt a team with confidence.While far from a failure, it was a season of promise unfulfilled. Durr knew the feeling.She had 15 points off the bench in that season-ending loss against DePaul. Entirely respectable. Not memorable. And Durr can be memorable.The groin injury that kept picking away at her like few defenders ever could is now healed. That much doctors and trainers could assure. But with each shot that slips through the net, its clear that the confidence that can be no less difficult to rehab is also rounding into familiar form.For just about the first time in her life, a basketball court didnt bend to her will.I had lost some of it last year from being hurt, Durr said. Any time any player gets hurt, their confidence goes down a little bit. Which is fine, but you have to build it back up somehow. You have to find a way. I think thats what Im trying to do.Im just trying to find a way to be great and do great things on the court and off the court.Durr underwent surgery for a torn groin muscle the spring of her senior year in high school. By early summer, when she arrived on campus at Louisville as the No. 2 recruit in the nation, there was an expectation she would be full strength by September, well ahead of the regular season. Except Durrs rehab didnt progress at the expected pace. As the season neared, there was even a thought of shutting her down before games commenced. But with an eye toward a basketball future beyond college that she didnt want to delay beyond four years, Walz said she told him she wanted to get all she could out of her natural matriculation. The medical staff said it was a matter of pain tolerance, that she couldnt do any further damage to the groin by playing.My first game against Cal last year [in the season opener], that was my first time playing in months, said Durr, who had 12 ?points in a four-point loss. I dont think people thought about that, which is fine, I dont expect people to think about that. But if you really think about that, thats hard coming from [my perspective].Yet from the perspective of those who had heard about her but never seen her play -- a group that would encompass most basketball fans outside her home state of Georgia and those who follow the prep recruiting circuit -- she was a limited player, not the multi-skilled guard whose game, at least stylistically, has been compared to Maya Moore.She scored a then-career-best 20 points in a win at Michigan State in early December, what seemed a potential turning point. But after a loss at Kentucky just a week later, Walz was again saying aloud that Louisville might shut down Durr for the season. Again she played on. Her numbers improved in ACC play, but while Cals Kristine Anigwe, Connecticuts Katie Lou Samuelson and Nebraskas Jessica Shepard starred as freshmen, Durr kept a low profile.The increasingly societal expectation of instant gratification might be unreasonable, but it is nonetheless often met in college basketball. In just the past few years, highly rated recruits such as Diamond DeShields, Jewell Loyd, Brianna Turner and Aja Wilson left little doubt as freshmen as to what level of performance lay ahead. Which was good for them because we doubt easily.I was just concerned with trying to get healthy, Durr said of the weight of expectations. My mind was on my groin so much. So I really wasnt thinking about what people thought or what people expected from me because I was just so focused on trying to get my groin to feel right. I was playing each game sore or hurt. I played through a whole lot of hurt.The crossover dribbles and spin moves that once freed Durr to get her shot off were harder to pull off. Her lateral movement was diminished. Even when she played well, the extra minutes in those performances then limited her practice time in the days after. Durr said she still experiences soreness. But like telling herself that missing one shot doesnt mean missing the next, she reminds herself that she is healthy.The results tell their own story.She can shoot the 3, she can also penetrate, said teammate Taylor Johnson, a Loyola transfer who has thus far been the teams starting point guard. She can hit the step-back pull-up. She can do a lot of things. Its really hard to stop her. If she shoots a 3, and if you run out at her, shes going to blow by you. She just reads the defense really well.If this is who Durr is, it changes the complexion of what Louisville can be, at least as much as any impact freshman or transfer changes other contenders around the nation. If Durr is a third piece of the puzzle every bit as difficult to defend as Myisha Hines-Allen, the reigning ACC player of the year, and Mariya Moore, an all-conference selection, the Cardinals become one of the teams to beat.Last year I learned a lot about me personally, Durr said.This year the rest of us will learn a great deal about Durr. Cheap Chargers Jerseys Authentic . Ronaldo produced a spectacular individual performance on Tuesday, scoring all three goals and guiding Portugal into the next years World Cup in Brazil with a 3-2 victory in Sweden. The Real Madrid forward has scored 66 goals in 2013, but the last three may be the boost he needs to upstage Messi after FIFA unexpectedly extended the voting period for the Ballon dOr to Nov. Wholesale Chargers Jerseys . 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(STATS) -- FCS defenses believe its better to both take and receive, so were putting on our non-authentic jersey and going in at linebacker.OK, place-kicker.Here are some takeaways from an FCS September to remember:- Twelve teams remain unbeaten heading into this weekends action and all but No. 2 Sam Houston State have taken away more turnovers from their opponents than served up. Its a group led by No. 21 Albanys plus-13 turnover margin. These teams learned last year -- only one had a negative margin.- Nine of the 10 FCS teams to beat FBS programs are nationally ranked. The exception is Central Arkansas, which is 3-1.- The coaches and players on five-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State simply believe they will win no matter the opponent or the situation. The top-ranked Bison are 3-0, winning twice in overtime and once on a game-ending field goal.- The team of the month has to be No. 4 Eastern Washington, which has beaten Washington State (on the road), Northern Iowa and Big Sky preseason favorite Northern Arizona (on the road) and only lost at North Dakota State in overtime. The Eagles have done it behind the nations leading passer, sophomore Gage Gubrud.- Conference opponents know FCS powers better than anyone else. Richmond, William & Mary, Montana and Illinois State were all in the Top 10 when they played their conference opener … and lost.- Teams that run the ball well are always big winners. Out of the top 27 teams in rushing offense, 23 have winning records (with nine unbeaten), two are .500 and only two are below .500.- Injuries play an unforgiving part of the game, as James Madison (Vad Lee) and Villanova (John Robertson) could attest last season. NDSU has lost middle linebacker Nick DeLuca, its leading tackler, for the remainder of the season. Other All-Americans to lose playing time to injuries include Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, Jacksonville State wide receiver Josh Barge, William & Mary running back Kendell Anderson and Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus. Defending conference champs Charleston Southern (Big South) and Alcorn State (SWAC) have lost their signal-callers as well.- Speaking of Charleston Southern, no team has ridden a roller coaster quite like the Buccaneers. They had the early start in the FCS Kickoff (Aug, 27) and went to overtime at North Dakota State, have been through four quarterbacks, had their coach (Jamey Chadwell) suspended for an assistants recruiting violation on social media, had 32 players suspended one game each for violating an NCAA rule regarding financial aid (bringing national attention the week of the Florida State game) and re-entered the Top 10 after winning their Big South opener.---=FCS GAME OF THE WEEK=The Matchup: No. 2 Sam Houston State (3-0, 2-0 Southland) vs. Stephen F. Austin (3-1, 1-0)Kickoff: 4 p.m. at NRG Stadium in HoustonTelevision: ESPN3Series: Sam Houston State leads 53-35-2 (most recent meeting: 34-28 on Oct. 3, 2015)The Skinny: This is the 91st meeting of the Battle of the Piney Woods. SFA won the first time the game was played at NRG Stadium in 2000 and Sam Houston has captured the last five meetings.Stephen F. Austin has won recent games with QB Hunter Taylor coming off the bench in relief of Zach Conque, coach Clint Conques son. The Lumberjacks defense is stout against the run, surrendering just 91 yards per game. While the Lumberjacks have a strong pass rush, led by DE Kedrick Harrisons five sacks, Sam Houston has allowed only one sack. They have forced 10 turnovers for a plus-5 margin. Storm Ruiz has kicked seven field goals, which is tied for second-most in the FCS.Sam Houston leads the FCS in points per game (51.7) and yards per game (632.7). QB Jeremiah Briscoe has averaged 345 passing yards, but the Bearkats will run the ball as well with Remus Bulmer, Corey Avery and Javin Webb, who all have at least 200 yards. The Bearkats defense has never been confused as being North Dakota State-esque, but two-thirds of the points surrendered have come in the second half when games are out of reach. Ten of DE P.J. Halls 13 tackles have gone for loss.Prediction: Stephen F. Austin is improved from a year ago, but Sam Houston also is better, and the prohibitive Southland Conference favorite went to the FCS semifinals. Sam Houston, 38-27.---=STATS FCS TOP 25 SCHEDULE=All Times ETX-Predicted WinnerThursday, Sept. 29Hampton (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) at X-No. 22 North Carolina A&T (2-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. -- A&T has a 24-5 record at home in coach Rod Broadways six seasons.Friday, Sept. 30Georgetown (3-0) at X-No. 25 Harvard (2-0), 7 p.m. -- The Hoyas have a better record than the three-ttime defending Ivy League champ.dddddddddddd Say what?Saturday, Oct. 1X-No. 5 Chattanooga (4-0, 2-0 Southern) at East Tennessee State (2-1, 1-1), noon -- The Mocs defense is the best in the FCS at stopping third down conversions, which has led their opponents to 39 punts in four games. Last weekend, ETSUs offense didnt even reach Woffords side of the field.Delaware (2-1, 0-0 CAA) at X-No. 7 James Madison (3-1, 1-0), 1:30 p.m. -- Hard to believe Delaware, land of the NFL quarterbacks, is last in the FCS in passing for the second consecutive season. The Blue Hens run the football well, but JMU is even better with the No. 1 tandem in the FCS, Khalid Abdullah and Cardon Johnson.No. 16 Cal Poly (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) at X-North Dakota (2-2, 1-0), 2 p.m. -- This is UNDs 100th game at the Alerus Center, where the Fighting Hawks have a 77-22 record. While UNDs run defense poses a big challenge to Cal Polys triple option, its the visiting Mustangs who are No. 1 in the Big Sky in rushing defense.No. 18 Illinois State (2-2, 0-1 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0, 0-0), 2 p.m. -- The Bison, who last faced Illinois State in the 2014 FCS championship game (a 29-27 win), have won their last 22 games when coming off a bye week dating to a home loss to UC Davis in 2005.Missouri State (2-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 24 Indiana State (3-1, 1-0), 3 p.m. -- Illinois State was surrendering 223.3 yards per game entering last weeks Missouri Valley opener at Indiana State and the Sycamores doubled it with 445 offensive yards.X-No. 17 Villanova (3-1, 1-0 CAA) at Elon (2-2, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. -- With his fast start as a senior, Novas 6-foot-7, 290-pound defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon is improving his NFL Draft stock by the game.No. 19 William & Mary (2-2, 0-1 CAA) at X-New Hampshire (2-2, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. -- So UNH has lost 11 of its last 13 games against William & Mary, but selected the Tribe as its Homecoming Day opponent? Wildcats coach Sean McDonnell must know something.Towson (1-2, 0-1 CAA) at X-No. 6 Richmond (3-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. -- Spiders quarterback Kyle Lauletta was second in the FCS in passing yards last season and hes second again this season. The Spiders have been consistent, combining for 30 points in their four first quarters on the season, while totaling 31 in the second, third and fourth.X-No. 9 The Citadel (3-0, 2-0 Southern) at Western Carolina (1-2, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. -- Bulldogs coach Brent Thompson is turning back to Dominique Allen as the starting quarterback. WCU running back Detrez Newsome has scored seven touchdowns in three games.South Dakota (1-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 20 Youngstown State (2-1, 0-0), 4 p.m. -- After allowing 20 rushing touchdowns a year ago, Youngstown State hasnt allowed any in its first three games.UC Davis (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky) at X-No. 4 Eastern Washington (3-1, 1-0), 4:05 p.m. -- Only in the Big Sky could the Eagles be averaging 43.3 points and 526.3 yards per game and not be leading the conference in either statistic.Southern Utah (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky) at X-No. 11 Montana (2-1, 0-1), 4:30 p.m. -- The defending Big Sky champion Thunderbirds just beat one of last years two second-place teams (Portland State). Will they pull the sweep in Missoula?Southern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 12 Northern Iowa (1-2, 0-0), 5 p.m. -- UNI has had some of the worst special teams in the FCS. They surely were points of emphasis during the bye week.X-No. 10 Charleston Southern (2-2) at No. 14 Coastal Carolina (3-1), 6 p.m. -- Emotions remain high even though this is no longer a Big South matchup. Both teams have gone through too many injuries at quarterback.Nicholls (1-2, 1-0 Southland) at X-No. 23 McNeese State (2-2, 1-1), 7 p.m. -- The Cowboys will be wearing throw-back uniforms that reflect four different eras, but theyre keeping the blue and gold. Up until the 1970 season, they wore purple and gold.No. 8 Western Illinois (3-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 15 South Dakota State (1-2, 0-0), 7 p.m. -- Its a battle in the red zone: SDSU has converted all 13 trips into points -- tying for the FCS high with a perfect conversion rate -- while WIUs defense is the stingiest in the nation, surrendering points on only four of its opponents nine trips (44.4 percent).No. 13 Eastern Illinois (3-1, 1-0 OVC) at X-Southeast Missouri State (1-3, 1-0), 7 p.m. -- After his first game on the EIU defensive line last Saturday, South Carolina transfer David Johnson was named the Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the week. ' ' '

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